It's 2015 but old games are all the rage - at least that seems to be the case with the recent craze for backwards compatibility on newer consoles.
Microsoft just added a very attractive emulation of Xbox 360 games to its Xbox One console, with a list of title that will be expanded over the months and years to come, and naturally Sony wants to get in on that action.
Oh wait, it already did...
Apparently the new Star Wars Battlefront PS4 bundle ships with a download code for some classic Star Wars titles - Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Three of those originally came out on the PS2, and it seems they're actually running in an emulator on the system.
The word comes from Digital Foundry which analysed the games against their PS2 counterparts to discover that they simply have to be emulated, given the way the software interacts with Sony's systems. And shortly afterwards PlayStation confirmed the following:
"We are working on utilising PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation, We have nothing further to comment at this point in time."
That's pretty amazing news, and it's also impressive how Sony just put the games out there with no fanfare whatsoever. It's a pretty safe bet that they wanted some version of emulation out in the world as soon as possible after Microsoft launched their backwards compatibility, but probably wanted to give it a bigger push with a full annoucement in the future.
Digital Foundrys video is a great breakdown of the emulated software, check it out below.
There's no word on whether you'll be able to buy these titles on the PS4 digital store but we'll update you when we have more information.